The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our ongoing commitment to community health and safety, we will continue to offer programming in a virtual format. Our online curriculum is synchronous, dynamic, and community-building. We bring teens together who want to share their poetry and prose with others who are as passionate about writing as they are. We look for writers whose work shows curiosity and risk-taking, and who are eager to experiment with forms and ideas new to them, in the company of their creative peers. Our talented, devoted and empathetic instructors help motivated young writers take their creative work to the next level. Find information below on the application process, and feel free to email us if you have questions!

Registration is still open for self-guided online Writing Packages! July 18-22, 2022




Upcoming Programming:

Program Date Cost Application Deadline
Juniper Young Writers Online 2022 (JYWO) - One Week July 18-22, 2022 $900*

Early Bird: March 15, 2022
Final: March 31, 2022

Juniper Young Writers Online 2022 (JYWO) - Two Week

July 18-29, 2022


Early Bird: March 15, 2022
Final: March 31, 2022

*cost before the $100 early bird discount for applications received by March 15

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Applications are now closed for the one-week and two-week programs for Summer 2022.


The Juniper Young Writers Online programs welcome young writers in grades 8-12.

Juniper seeks creative students who are dedicated to exploring the writing process and developing their skills in a collaborative environment. We encourage writers from diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and writing styles to apply.

To apply for a scholarship get your application in by the scholarship/early bird deadline (March 15, 2022 for Summer 2022)

Application Process:

Applications are accepted online, and admission is on a rolling basis until the program is full.

Application materials include:

  • Writing Sample: The strength and promise of the writing sample is the most important aspect of your application. It should be 3-5 pages of fiction (double-spaced) or poetry (one poem per page, or longer poems spanning up to 5 total pages of poetry). Samples should be saved in one document (doc, docx, pdf, rtf, or txt). Please include your name & email address as a header or footer.

  • Writer's Statement: A statement of 300 - 500 words that describes your current writing projects and goals, any identities that inform your work, and what being a member of a writing community means to you. Tell us what you write and why you write it!

  • Recommendation Letter: During the online application process, you will be asked to enter the email address and name of a teacher, educational consultant, professional tutor, or guidance counselor who has agreed to write a recommendation letter on your behalf. Once you submit your application, the recommender will receive an email with instructions for how to submit their letter. Please let them know that their letter must be received for your application to be complete. Be sure to obtain permission from your recommender before submitting their contact information in your application!


We offer a number of full scholarships for the 1 and 2 week programs. BIPOC and young writers of marginalized groups are especially encouraged to apply for the available funding. In order to apply for a scholarship, just click the "Scholarship" button in the "Scholarship Consideration" section of the scholarship application. On average, 30% of our participants attend with funding each year. 


We do our best to make admission decisions within 4-6 weeks of receipt. Please note that we cannot make offers of admission until we've received your recommendation letter. Once accepted, participation in the Juniper Young Writer Online program is guaranteed on a first-come, first-served basis. You will need to enroll and pay a non-refundable $200 deposit to secure your space. Full-scholarship awardees do not have to pay a deposit.